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Wittenberg Holds Annual Festival Choral Eucharist For Reformation Oct. 28

October 18, 2012  
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Springfield, Ohio –The 2012-13 Wittenberg Series continues at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, in historic Weaver Chapel as Wittenberg University welcomes The Rev. Dr. Donald P. Kreiss, bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Southeast Michigan Synod for the annual Festival Choral Eucharist for Reformation Service.

Adapted by Martin Luther in 1526, the Festival Choral Eucharist for Reformation uses a model of the German mass. Instead of having just a choral structure, the service involves both choral and preaching components. Luther’s goal was to highlight preaching, as well as the sacrament. The service uses various hymns, some of which were written by Luther.

Pre-service music by the Wittenberg Choir and the Wittenberg Singers, both directed by Adam Con, and the Wittenberg Handbell Choir, directed by Professor Emeritus of Music Trudy Faber, begins at 7 p.m. The ensemble groups will be accompanied by Faber as she plays the organ.

Kreiss earned a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in medieval languages from the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom. He earned both a Master of Divinity degree and a Doctor of Ministry in preaching from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

Following his ordination in 1992, Kreiss served as pastor of King of Glory Evangelical Lutheran Church, Flushing, Mich., before he became associate pastor at Antioch Lutheran Church. Kreiss has served as a cluster dean in the Southeast Michigan Synod, as a member of the alumni board of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and as a member of the Farmington Area Interfaith Association.

Kreiss was installed as bishop on Sept. 24, 2011, at Christ Church Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson preached and presided at the installation.

Now in its 30th year, the Wittenberg Series is a selection of cultural activities annually presented by Wittenberg University. All Series events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jeannine Fox, Series coordinator, at 937-206-3539 or via e-mail at

Written By: Phyllis Eberts


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